Take one listen to Shawn James’ music and you can hear his roots in the Mississippi delta by way of growing up on the fabled South Side of Chicago, his authentic, gutbucket blend of blues, folk, and soul music running the gamut of ecstatic joy and painful anguish.

His aching cover of Macy Gray’s “I Try” for GRAMMY.com’s “GRAMMY ReImagined” feature takes the original, a three-time nominee (for both Record and Song of the Year) and winner for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 43rd Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2000 to the church, bringing out the wrenching anguish and yearning at its core. “The emotional heaviness of the lyrics is what drew me to it,” explains James. “People can relate on some level or another regarding love, loss, addiction, and the reaction to dealing with those things.”

James’s reimagining included “adding a depth of sorrow and darkness not just to the lyrics, but the ambience and delivery of the performance,” slowing the song down to emphasize the depth of feeling as he tries to say goodbye.

The singer-songwriter has previously released four full-length albums, including his debut, Shadows, a live record (Live at the Heartbreak House), a covers EP (The Madrid Sessions) and the original songs of his most recent effort, On the Shoulders of Giants. Hew newest offering, The Dark & The Light, was released on indie label Parts + Labor Records and produced and recorded by Jimmy Messer (AWOLNation, Kelly Clarkson, Kygo, The White Buffalo).

James is a road dog, the hellhounds at his heels, performing more than 200 dates a year. His songs have been featured on HBO, CBS and Sony Playstation’s The Last of Us 2. His track, “Through the Valley,” topped Spotify’s Global Viral Charts, while generating more than 60 million streams combined on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube.

Gothic Americana is a genre that is fast taking hold around the world, combining the sub-genres of gothic country, dark blues and Depression-era jazz. The Heathen Apostles are amongst the first to inject all three into their incendiary music.

Crossing paths at a gathering one Indian summer evening, femme fatale bellower Mather Louth (Radio Noir) and rock n roll veteran Chopper Franklin (The Cramps, Nick Curran & the Lowlifes) quickly uncovered a mutual appreciation for murder balladry, Americana, and memento mori. Since forming the band in 2013, they have branded the hide of alternative roots music forever with their inimitable bloodgrass music, releasing five full-length albums and a string of gothic western music videos. In 2018, their release "The Fall" was named EP of the Year by Folk N Rock. That same year, the Heathens completed a successful tour of Northern Europe (including an explosive appearance at the world’s largest metal festival, Wacken Open Air), thus proving that their unique music cannot be pigeonholed. The Heathen Apostles are currently wrapping up their 2019 European tour (32 shows in 32 days in support of their fifth album "Dust to Dust"), with Mather and Chopper later continuing on to tour the Midwest as a duo opening for Shawn James.

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